B – Are pediatric OA journals promoting good publication practice?

Meerpohl JJ, Wolff RF, Antes G et al. Are pediatric Open Access journals promoting good publication practice: an analysis of author instructions. BMC Pediatrics 2011;11:27
(doi: 10.1186/1471-2431-11-27)

The article aims at investigating to what extent pediatric open access journals endorse editorial recommendations such as the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts (URM) issued by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). They were mentioned by 66% journals, that is more frequently than conventional journals; however, endorsement is still only moderate. Further research should confirm these exploratory findings in other medical fields and should clarify what the motivations and barriers are in implementing such policies.